A cool website called Legendary Rock Interviews just spoke with Bobbie Brown. You know, the "Cherry Pie" girl. During the interview, Bobbie has a lot of great information on Warrant and Jani Lane in general. Some of the interview is funny and some of it is just downright sad.
Here's an excerpt. Bobbie is talking about Jani's ability as a songwriter:
"He was extremely creative. I just thought he was such an amazing songwriter and it was amazing to watch him create, just sitting there with an acoustic and writing those sweet songs. The only thing we disagreed on was that he was so focused on the attention of the hard rock community and being in Warrant and being this hard rocker but I just thought he didn’t need to force that when he had this amazing, vulnerable side to him and he was this prolific ballad writer. I would always say to him 'Dude, you are so amazing at this that you could just be like Bryan Adams and write a number one hit every few years and have your houses and your cars and be done' because bands just don’t have the same opportunities that songwriters do. Bands and their popularity can come and go with trends and fads. Warrant’s style and vibe just wasn’t going to be accepted or evolve with the changes in new music or whatever, it just wasn’t built that way. I used to tell him that 'You guys need to be like KISS or Motley and go away for a while and then come back.' If they did that they could stay true to what it is they do rather than try to adapt and force yourselves on people trying to be current. That was really hard for him to hear or accept..."
"I remember saying to him while they were working on the Dog Eat Dog record, 'Babe... this is the bottom line, the band will be popular and survive if you write those songs they can relate to, dance to or sing along to or if it’s anthemish' to the point where they just can’t get it out of their head. Even if you hate that, it’s the cold, hard truth. People don’t want a really deep song from Warrant about child molestation.' To which he would invariably tell me once again 'You don’t know anything about music' and I’d be like 'Ok, Jani but I know something about people and I’m just telling you.' I mean, it’s been well documented that it bugged him a little bit to be known so much for “Cherry Pie” because he was capable of so much more musically or lyrically."
The interview also mentions when Bobbie worked with Hurricane, Great White and dated Matthew Nelson. This is great Glam people!
Check out the full interview at Legendary Rock Interviews (then come back here so we can chat about it!)